RADE SHERBEDGIA (Murad) is one of Croatia's best known and most highly praised
actors, with a career on screen spanning more than four decades. Born in the
village of BuniÃ¦ in the former Yugoslavia, Sherbedgia studied acting at the
University of Zagreb, and excelled in student productions. An early performance
as Hamlet, at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, made Sherbedgia a star, and the
actor had notable roles in a string of Yugoslav film and television productions.
Sherbedgia's international breakthrough came in 1988, when he was cast by
Menahem Golan to play a captain interrogating a woman who had saved thousands of
children from the Holocaust in Hanna's War. He starred alongside Ellen Burstyn,
Donald Pleasance and David Warner.
Forced to flee to Belgrade, Serbia after the dissolution of Yugoslavia,
Sherbedgia performed in a number of Western European films before immigrating to
the United States.
Sherbedgia made an instant mark on Hollywood, starring in
films such as Mission: Impossible II, Eyes Wide Shut, Snatch, Shooter and Batman
Sherbedgia picked up a string of awards and recognition for his role in Jeremy
Podeswa's 2007 film Fugitive Pieces, as Athos Roussos. On television, he
received acclaim for his performance as a Russian arms supplier who meets the
wrath of Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer, in the sixth season of the popular
action series 24.
More recently, Sherbedgia played the role of Gregorovich, a renowned foreign
wand-maker, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. He had a key role
in Angelina Jolie's debut feature as a director, In the Land of Blood and Honey,
which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2011.
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